Hack India: Hyderabad — It’s a Wrap!

Hack India: Hyderabad — It’s a Wrap!

The energy at the 6th edition of Yahoo! Hack in India was electrifying as we counted down to the close of hacking at Yahoo! Hack Hyderabad, 2013. Over…

Internal Hackday Produces Record-Breaking 300 Hacks

Internal Hackday Produces Record-Breaking 300 Hacks

Yahoo! has been hosting internal Hackdays since 2005, and the traditio…

Demand is High for Yahoo! Hack India: Hyderabad

Demand is High for Yahoo! Hack India: Hyderabad

Photo credit to Reid Burke Since 2007, YDN has been hosting amazing Ha…

  • What exactly is a "Search Excellence Guru"? Jeremy Zawodny sits down with David Ciemiewicz (aka Ciemo) to find out.

    Highlights from the conversation include Ciemo’s thoughts on how to use Pig and Hadoop to sift through petabytes of user logs to gain an understanding of user wants, needs, and desires; why he likes Pig Latin more than SQL; and why the map-reduce compute grid paradigm makes a great alternative to traditional databases such Oracle and MySQL, data warehouses and data marts.



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  • Update 4/3/08: We've concluded this round of developer research. Thanks to those that were able to participate.

    The Yahoo! Developer Network is looking for developers to help us improve some new tools and services coming out this year. Right now, we're specifically looking for developers in the San Francisco Bay Area who are available during the week of March 31.

    Participants will need to come to a 60-minute-long user research session next week, at Yahoo!'s Sunnyvale, California campus. The feedback we get from you will help us build tools and services that are easier for all developers to use. Plus, those who participate will be paid $100 at the end of the session.

    If you are interested in participating, please complete the survey at http://surveylink.yahoo.com/wix/p4524344.aspx

    And, whether or not you can help us this time, we’d be grateful if you shared this message with any other Bay Area developers you think might be interested in giving us their feedback next week.

    Thanks in

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  • Kelkoo goes microformatic

    Microformats are a big deal. Regular readers will have seen a lot about them on these pages before, and in the past eighteen months every other web development journal worth its salt will likely have mentioned how to mark up contacts and calendar events using the hcard and hcalendar patterns.

    However, microformats — the popular, reusable HTML patterns produced at microformats.org — step out beyond those initial use-cases. Formats for reviews (hreview), blogs, news and syndication (hatom) and curricula vitæ (hresume) are also spreading.

    Last month our teams at Kelkoo and Yahoo! Europe pushed out version 10 of Kelkoo. It brings with it the single largest deployment of the hListing draft so far.

    hListing is a new format to mark up classifieds, services and product listings. It is quite generic, and can be used to mark up physical products, flat shares, services, events, requests for help and all sorts; consider the breadth of listings on a site like Gumtree or Craigslist. For Kelkoo and

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  • Over The Air

    Over The Air is a mobile developer event taking place on the 4th and 5th April at the Imperial College London in South Kensington. If you’ve ever wanted to know more about developing for mobile devices, and want to give it a try then this is the event for you. Part conference, part un-conference and part 48-hour open hack-a-thon, the event will be a great opportunity to learn about mobile development across Europe.

    The event is run by Mobile Monday London in association with a number of sponsors including Yahoo! We will be throwing a party on site for all attendees on the Friday evening at 8pm. The 48-hour event will culminate in an awards session – further details on this to follow!

    In addition, Yahoo! will be chairing a widget panel between 3-4pm on the 4th April. This will be an open forum where Yahoo!, along with other attendees, will be discussing widget platforms. This will be followed by our mobile developers giving a masterclass and hands-on demonstration on developing

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  • Badges for Yahoo! Pipes

    I've been a big fan of Yahoo! Pipes ever since it launched. Pipes is unique in making the world of feeds accessible and "mashable" in a friendly browser-based development environment.

    But it's always felt like there was a missing piece too. Pipes is easy enough for novice (or even non-) programmers to use, but what it ultimately produces is a data feed intended to be consumed by a program.

    Pipes Badges change all that. If you can add a one-line script tag to a web page, you can visually display the output of a pipe on you own web site. To learn more about this, I got together with Paul Donnelly for a demo. Here's the video.

    You'll notice that these badges do more that render an RSS feed as a list. If the feed contains photo data, you can get a slide show. And if the feed contains geocoded data, you can get a map badge.

    In my mind, this is the first of several steps to making pipes output more useful to a larger class of data junkies.

    Thanks to Paul for making time to go over

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  • On Saturday, the 22nd of March around 40 developers came to Station C in Montreal, Canada to meet up for the first Coder's Saturday.

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    The unconference-styled event was sponsored by Yahoo! Quebec and Nurun and was meant to bring people interested in web development together to hear and talk about topics of interest both to web development as a whole but also start local connections.

    The location is a co-working office with lots of computers and comfy chairs and we put together some rows of harder chairs and a projector to enjoy the presentations. There will also be videos of the presentations available once Nurun got around to converting the tapes.

    Christian Heilmann talking with his hands again

    My presentation was entitled "The struggle for web development standards" and was partly inspired by my experience at the AjaxWorld conference in New York the week before. There a lot of companies showed framework and metaprogramming solutions to day to day web development problems and the idea of web standards and best practices in use in

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  • Last week I attended the Web Science Research Initiative's meeting in London with Peter Mika from Yahoo! Research Barcelona. Hosted by IBM on behalf of the WSRI a number of guests were invited to explore the concept of "Web Science". Web Science is the study of the Web, both the human and computing aspects. By studying how the Web is used now it is hoped that we can use the knowledge to improve it in the future.

    The meeting was eclectic with people from industry and universities in a diverse range of fields. Zoologists and sociologists were mixing it up with the computer scientists. I know I had a lot of interesting, if strange, conversations.

    Tim Berners-Lee, the father of the web, presented the keynote. He tracked the progression of the Web from a tool which has helped humans find information to a powerful data network. He was keen to emphasise that human interaction remains at the core of the success of the Web. It will take a diverse range of skills to understand everything that is

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  • We have shipped a fix in Yahoo! Media Player for the Safari 3.1 crash.

    We traced the crash back to code that is trying to set the style display:none on an invisible YUI panel. The panel had position:absolute set with left:0 but no value for top. The new Safari did not like this.

    Fixes also came in from Apple developers, who saw our blog entry on this yesterday and seem to have pulled an all nighter. They checked in a fix to WebKit last night, then sent us a CSS workaround. It was more elegant than our own workaround, though it arrived after our code went to QA so won't make it to production until the next non-emergency build.

    Thanks to everybody who stepped on the gas to get this done.

  • Did you ever want an easy way of putting Pipes output onto your website or blog? Watch Yahoo! Pipes' Paul Donnelly talk with Jeremy Zawodny on the new badges available now:


    To learn more visit the Pipes blog here.

  • Call for Zimbra translators

    Do you speak Ukrainian, Estonian, Lithuanian, Latvian, Hungarian, Bulgarian or Czech? The Zimbra team is looking for linguists who are passionate about online messaging and collaboration software to contribute to Zimbra's translation efforts.

    Never used Zimbra? Zimbra's mail and calendaring client and server platform is employed by universities and companies the world over. The platform is fully open source, integrates with everything from Blackberry to Exchange servers and has a cool Ajax interface that users just love. Give Zimbra a try, you will be impressed. You can download the Zimbra Open Source Edition and the Zimbra Desktop for free.

    Here is what you need to know: start by learning about the translations process, then decide if you would like to be a moderator or a contributor. To make sure that the translations can be used by the whole community, we need you to sign a contribution agreement.

    Then you'll be ready to head over to Zimbra's translation wiki.

    So get started today,

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